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Drabble: No Dominion

Title: No Dominion

Author: badly_knitted

Characters: Jack

Rating: G

Written For: Challenge 297 – Seconds at tw100

Spoilers: They Keep Killing Suzie, Dead Man Walking, etc.

Summary: Jack, from death back to life.

Disclaimer: I don’t own Torchwood, or the characters.

Nothing exists in the dark place; not sound, not light. Not time. It’s oppressive, an absence of everything, even of self. It should feel suffocating but with no physical form, breathing isn’t required.

He’s nothing, surrounded by nothingness, existing (if something that is nothing can be said to exist) in a timeless no-place.

Frozen between heartbeats, he waits until…

With shocking suddenness he’s dragged from the dark, his first breath tearing his lungs, infinitely more painful than birth, and time re-starts; seconds ticking into minutes ticking into hours.

Death cannot hold him.

Jack’s never sure if he’s relieved or disappointed.

The End


What a great description of Jack coming back. The suspension of time has a nice creepy vibe to it.
Thank you. I kind of wonder if Jack would be aware of how much time has passed while he's been dead or would it seem endless and no time at all, both at the same time? It's a puzzle...

Edited at 2013-10-06 05:20 pm (UTC)
Good use of the prompt.
Very atmospheric descriptions.
Thank you, I rather like this one myself although it's different from how I first imagined it. I think this version works better though.
wow what was an awesome description!
I'm sure it must be difficult for him to wait for that dragging back ...
Thank you. He never knows when it will happen, just that it's inevitable so he's stuck in a timeless moment until it does.
Oh poor Jack. Great drabble.
Thank you. It's tough for Jack, he never asked to be immortal but he's stuck with it for eternity, it must be a terrible burden at times.
What a chilling description of what Jack experiences when he's dead! I'm not sure what's worse--being stuck in that dark, timeless place, or being dragged back into life. *Shudder*

Another great use of the prompt! You've really been inspired this week. :)

Edited at 2013-10-06 10:07 pm (UTC)
Thank you, I'm quite pleased that I managed four. This one and Seconds are my favourites from this week I think. I'm pleased with the way they turned out.

Jack has to go through a lot when he dies and revives, it's obviously never easy judging by the way he gasps back to life, flailing.
Wow, very haunting...
Thank you. I wasn't sure the idea would work, but it did.
I am amazed that Jack managed to hold onto his sanity.
So am I. He must have lost count of how many times he's died and revived, but I don't think it ever gets easier.
Yeah, it's a Nothing, but if he can sense it in some way, it's not really a Nothing... anyway, I can see how one can like it compared to the 'everything'-ness of becoming alive again. :) Lovely. <3
Thank you.

It's confusing. Jack's trying to make sense of what he experiences, but there are no words in our language which really fit, possibly no words in any language that would be accurate, he just uses the closest approximations available.
that time, he is not yet on of Ianto. After, he will be relieved!
Yes, you're right. Before Ianto, Jack seldom really had a reason to want to come back from death, but now he wakes up with ianto by his side and he's glad that he gets to come back.

Thank you.